April 25, 2018
COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED IN DECOY OPERATION
A Boone County man was arrested after responding to a post from someone he believed to be a 14 year old girl who was actually an undercover decoy pretending to be a 14 year old girl. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department made the arrest on Monday after the suspect showed up at a predetermined location where he thought the two would engage in sexual relations. 24 year old Harrison Stretz of Columbia faces what could be two or more charges including sexual misconduct with a minor and attempted enticement of a child.
ADDITIONAL DRUG TAKE BACK EVENTS PLANNED
The Boone County Sheriff’s Department will be participating in a Drug Take Back Event and will have several drop-off locations throughout the county starting Friday and continuing Saturday. For more information about the Boone Country drop off locations, visit their website. Two locations will be available Friday from 10 to 2 in Columbia including the Harry S. Truman VA Hospital and the University of Missouri Student Center. On Saturday 5 collection locations will be in operation from 10 to 1 at the Ashland Police Department, the Centralia Police Department, the Hallsville Police Department and both Hickman and Rock Bridge High Schools.
HONOR FLIGHT NUMBER 51 TAKES TO THE AIR THURSDAY
110 veterans will leave Columbia at 1:45am on Thursday and return to Columbia Courtyard Marriott at 9:30pm Thursday, April 26. This is the first honor flight of 2018 for Central Missouri Honor Flight. Ninety are Vietnam veterans and the remaining 20 are Korean War veterans. As the busses roll back into Columbia overnight Thursday, you are encouraged to come out and help our honor flight veterans have the homecoming they deserve. For more information, visit their website at www.centralmissourihonorflight.com or contact Central Missouri Honor Flight President, Mary Paulsell at (573) 289-3799.
April 24, 2018
DECK HYDRODEMOLITION PROJECT PLANNED FOR MISSOURI ROUTE 94 LOUTRE RIVER BRIDGE
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission recently awarded a contract to Capital Paving, of Columbia, Missouri, for a bridge deck hydrodemolition project on Missouri Route 94 in Montgomery County. The project will be at Loutre River Bridge, located 0.10 mile west of Missouri Route 19 near McKittrick. The total cost of the project is $643,389. The bridge will be closed while work is completed. The work could begin as early as this spring and should be completed by next fall.
FULTON MAN INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT
A Fulton man was injured in an accident that occurred at around 2:15pm Monday in Callaway County. The patrol says that 75 year old David Clark was on the South Outer Road when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the road, he overcorrected, causing it to travel back across the roadway, run off the left side of the road and overturn. He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.
DRIVER HURT IN EARLY MONDAY MORNING CRASH
A driver was hurt in an early Monday morning crash in St. Charles County. 50 year old Thomas Artwein of St. Charles was on Veterans Memorial Parkway when his freightliner ran off the left side of the road, struck a guardrail and the impact caused the trailer to overturn and catch on fire. He sustained moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment.
April 23, 2018
MAN KILLED, ANOTHER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRIDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT
A man was killed and another man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 5:50pm Friday in Miller County. The patrol says that 26 year old Casey Shoemate of Eldon was on Route Y with emergency lights and sirens activated on his car when he attempted to pass another vehicle and struck a Toyota 4Runner driven by 65 year old Robert Levin of Florissant head-on. Casey Shoemate was pronounced dead at the scene, while Robert Levin was transported by Staff for Life Helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN COLE COUNTY CRASH
A Jefferson City man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Friday afternoon in Cole County. 52 year old Richard Loethen was riding his motorcycle on Tanner Bridge Road when it ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting him from the motorcycle. He was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries.
MOTORCYCLIST HURT IN FRIDAY AFTERNOON WRECK
A motorcyclist was hurt in a Friday afternoon wreck in Cooper County. 64 year old Larry Milks of Sedalia was riding his motorcycle on Route EE and traveling too fast for conditions when it traveled off the left side of the road and ejected him from the motorcycle. He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital for treatment.
April 20, 2018
MAN INJURED IN THURSDAY AFTERNOON CRASH
A St. Louis man was injured in a Thursday afternoon crash in St. Charles County. The patrol says that according to 56 year old Curtis Stevens the crash occurred as an unknown vehicle entered into his lane from the left on westbound 364 and his car traveled off the right side of the road, impacting the right and front of his car into the concrete traffic barrier and then it rotated and returned to the roadway. He was transported by ambulance to Missouri Baptist Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
ROAD WORK WILL AFFECT ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Weather permitting; MoDOT crews will be doing the following work in Montgomery County.
Montgomery County Route T- April 23, road closed from Lincoln County Route O to West Prairie Road for culvert replacement. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Interstate 70 WB - April 25, one lane traffic from MM 168 to MM 167 for bridge washing at the Loutre River bridge and overflow. The driving lane will be closed first, and then crews will switch to the passing lane. There will be a 12 foot width restriction in place while the work is completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Interstate 70 EB - April 26, one lane traffic from MM 167 to MM 168 for bridge washing at the Loutre River bridge and overflow. The driving lane will be closed first, and then crews will switch to the passing lane. There will be a 12 foot width restriction in place while the work is completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
I-70 South Outer Road (Tree Farm Road) - May 1-2, road closed from Missouri Route 19 to Montgomery County Route F for pavement repairs. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day with the road reopened at night.
For the closures, motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times. Please always remember to use caution and obey all work zone signs and personnel. Also, please put your cell phone down to help eliminate distractions.
This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.
“DRIVING HIGH? KISS YOUR LICENSE GOODBYE!” ENFORCEMENT BLITZ THIS WEEKEND
Missouri law enforcement officials have announced they will conduct a Drug Impaired Driving enforcement blitz throughout the state from April 20 – April 22. “Driving High? Kiss Your License Goodbye!” is an intensified effort to crack down on drug impaired driving. Similar crackdown efforts are occurring across the region in Kansas, Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Up and down the highways and roadways of these states in the country’s midsection, officers will be arresting anyone under suspicion of drug impaired driving.
During the “Driving High? Kiss Your License Goodbye!” blitz in Missouri, officers will intensify enforcement of drug impaired driving laws in Missouri. Like drunk driving, drugged driving is illegal in all 50 States, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. They will stop and ticket anyone considered under suspicion of drug impaired driving.
It is never safe to drive when impaired. This not only means refraining from drunk driving, but also from drug-impaired driving of any kind. Many people erroneously believe that driving while high won’t affect them; they are wrong. It has been proven that THC – the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects – slows reaction times, impairs cognitive performance and makes it more difficult for drivers to keep a steady position in their lane. The bottom line is this: It doesn’t matter what term is used, if a person is high, stoned, wasted or drunk, he or she is impaired. Driving while impaired by any substance is illegal and can be deadly to the driver and other road users.
April 19, 2018
MEXICO TEEN HURT IN EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING WRECK
A Mexico teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Wednesday morning in Callaway County. 18 year old Sha’Neisha Belcher was a passenger in a car driven by 19 year old Brittany Sutphin of Mexico. They were on US 54 when the car struck a deer in the roadway. Sha’Neisha Belcher was transported by ambulance to SSM St. Mary’s Hospital in Mexico for treatment of minor injuries.
WOMAN INJURED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY ACCIDENT
A woman from High Ridge, MO was injured in an accident that occurred at 8:10pm Wednesday in Jefferson County. 49 year old Deborah O’Brien was taken to SSM Health St. Clare Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. She was a passenger in a car driven by 56 year old Patrick O’Brien of High Ridge. The patrol says that they were on Highway 30 when a deer entered the roadway and was struck by the left front corner of the car.
GRASS FIRES CAN GET OUT OF CONTROL QUICKLY THIS TIME OF YEAR
When conditions are dry and it’s windy it doesn’t take long for a small fire to become an uncontrolled fire, and that usually results in contact with your local fire department. That’s basically what happened Wednesday as Columbia firefighters were called to the scene of a grass fire along northbound lanes of Highway 63. Firemen were able to quickly extinguish the blaze. Fire authorities are working to determine the cause of the fire.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL SECURES LOCAL OPPORTUNITY ZONE DESIGNATION
The Greater Montgomery County Economic Development Council (GMCEDC) is pleased to announce their proposal for an “Opportunity Zone” to be designated in Montgomery County was among those accepted by the State of Missouri. The program is intended to drive private investment into the selected zones by providing special federal tax incentives to those making investments in those geographic areas. “This designation makes Montgomery County attractive to those interested in investing in real estate and local business, and will be a valuable tool for our community,” said Brent Speight, President of the GMCEDC Board of Directors. “This announcement is only possible because our EDC was able to move so quickly and with the support of the Montgomery County Commissioners.” The Opportunity Zone program was created by the federal tax reform bill that was signed into law at the end of 2017. The law allows investors to defer capital gains taxes until December 21, 2026 at the latest by investing gains in Qualified Opportunity Funds that in turn make qualified investments in Opportunity Zones. In Montgomery County, the Greater Montgomery County Economic Development Council (GMCEDC) brought the opportunity to the attention of the Montgomery County Commission and the GMCEDC was charged with developing the proposal on behalf of Montgomery County. Earlier this month, the local team was notified that Montgomery County would be among the select areas nominated by the governor for an Opportunity Zone. The boundaries of the zone will include much of central and southern Montgomery County.
April 18, 2018
MAN INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT
A St. Clair man was injured in an accident that occurred after 10:30pm Tuesday in Franklin County. The patrol says that 51 year old Kevin Hinson was westbound on I-44 and being overtaken by a truck when the unknown driver of the truck struck the car in the rear and then the truck left the scene while the car ran off the right side of the roadway and struck the median cable. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.
DRIVER HURT IN WARREN COUNTY WRECK
A Marthasville driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday night in Warren County. 21 year old Gabriel Parker was on Route O when his car traveled off the right side of the road, he overcorrected, causing it to return to the roadway and then ran off the left side of the road and overturned. He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.
WOMAN HURT IN TUESDAY MORNING CRASH
A Warrenton woman was hurt in a Tuesday morning crash in Warren County. 69 year old Margaret Simpson was on Route M when her vehicle traveled off the road, struck a utility pole, continued across Route M and went off the left side of the road. She refused treatment for minor injuries.
April 17, 2018
COLUMBIA MAN INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY ACCIDENT
A Columbia man was injured in an accident that occurred at 4:10am Monday in Boone County. 59 year old Hamilton Sherman was on MO 151 when he failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the left then the right side of the road, struck a road sign and continued across Highway 22 before hitting a tree. He refused treatment for minor injuries.
WOMAN HURT IN MONDAY NIGHT CRASH
A woman from Cedar Hill, MO was hurt in a Monday night crash in Jefferson County. The patrol says that two cars were on Graham Road when they both crossed the double solid yellow lines into their respective oncoming lanes and the left side of both vehicles struck each other. 22 year old Helen Myers was taken to St. Anthony’s Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.
DRIVER HURT IN MONDAY MORNING WRECK
A driver was hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Monday morning in Jefferson County. 38 year old Jessica Kittrell of Desloge, MO was on US 67 when she failed to stop for a steady red traffic signal, causing her Dodge Durango to strike a Jeep Cherokee driven by 40 year old Regina Youngblood of Festus and then the Durango traveled off the roadway and struck a post. Regina Youngblood sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital for treatment.
April 16, 2018
CULVERT AND PAVEMENT REPAIRS PLANNED FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Weather permitting; MoDOT crews will be doing the following work in Montgomery County.
Montgomery County Route T- April 16-19, road closed from Lincoln County Route O to West Prairie Road for culvert replacement. Work will be completed between 8am and 4pm.
I-70 South Outer Road (Tree Farm Road) - May 1-2, road closed from Missouri Route 19 to Montgomery County Route F for pavement repairs. Work will be completed between 7am and 4pm each day with the road reopened at night.
Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.
This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON WRECK
A St. Clair man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck that occurred at 4:45pm Sunday in Franklin County. 26 year old Richard Govro was on Missouri 47 when he fell asleep at the wheel and his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, went down an embankment and struck a tree. He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries.
TROY DRIVERS HURT IN HEAD-ON COLLISION
Two Troy drivers were hurt in a head-on collision Sunday night in Lincoln County. The patrol says that 33 year old Jeremy Darling was on Highway KK when he swerved to miss a tree in the roadway, crossed the center line and his truck struck a Ford Escape driven by 37 year old Jennifer Billingsley head-on. Both were taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.
MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS
On Thursday at approximately 12:58pm the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1000 block of W Monroe (Missouri Highway 22) in reference to power lines in the roadway. It was determined that a large truck struck a utility pole in a private parking lot. The pole broke, bringing power lines down in the roadway. Ameren responded immediately to cut power to the lines. MPSD blocked the roadway for approximately 15 minutes until Ameren could make the situation safe. There were no injuries from the incident.
On Saturday at approximately 10:17pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the area of N Washington and Schopp in reference to fires in the backyards of some homes. Responding personnel found small fires in the backyards of two neighboring homes. The fires were quickly extinguished and there was no damage to any buildings or personal property. It was determined that the fires had been set. One of the residents reported seeing a male run through his yard just prior to noticing the fire. The male is generally described as being around 5’8” tall with a slim build and wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt. The male was last seen running south in the 1500 block of N. Clark Street. There were no injuries from the incident. Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.
Weekend Report- April 14-15, 2018
TWO KILLED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT
A man and woman from Jonesburg were killed in an accident that occurred at 3:15am Sunday in Montgomery County. The patrol says that 25 year old Tyler Killian was westbound on I-70 when his Jeep Liberty traveled off the right side of the road, he overcorrected, returned to the roadway, overcorrected again, skidded off the right side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned several times, ejecting both the driver and his passenger 24 year old Abigail Kresyman before coming to rest off the roadway. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY MORNING CRASH
A Columbia teen was seriously injured in a Saturday morning crash in Boone County. 17 year old Matthew Lazinger was on Route K when he attempted to pass another vehicle, crossed the center line and his car struck a truck driven by 23 year old Tucker Burns of Columbia head-on. Matthew Lazinger was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.
DRIVER HURT IN ONE-VEHICLE WRECK
A Sullivan driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday morning in Franklin County. 16 year old Zackary Cowhick was on Missouri 185 when his truck ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a tree and overturned. He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital for treatment.
April 13, 2018
MAN KILLED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT
An O’Fallon man was killed in an accident that occurred at around 12:15pm Thursday in St. Charles County. The patrol says that 50 year old Robert Hammond was eastbound on I-64 when his car ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a parked freightliner. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
DRIVER INJURED IN THURSDAY AFTERNOON WRECK
A driver was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Thursday afternoon in Jefferson County. 27 year old Dakota Clyburn of Imperial was on Amy Clark Road when he lost control and began to skid and his vehicle skidded across the center of the road, went off the left side of the roadway and struck a ditch. He was transported by ambulance to St. Anthony’s Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.
MAN HURT IN THURSDAY EVENING CRASH
A Silex man was hurt in a Thursday evening crash in St. Charles County. 28 year old Gerrod Mudd was on Route H when he failed to keep his Farm Truck on the road, he overcorrected, causing it to travel off the right side of the roadway, he overcorrected again, returned to the road, crossed the center line, ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned onto its passenger side. He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment.
April 12, 2018
MAN HURT IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A Florissant man was hurt in an accident that occurred at 12:40am Thursday in Callaway County. 30 year old Douglas Meyerkord was eastbound on I-70 when his vehicle traveled off the roadway into the westbound lanes and overturned. He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.
THREE VEHICLE COLLISION IN JOHNSON COUNTY INJURES AREA RESIDENTS
A three vehicle collision in Johnson County resulted in moderate injuries. The patrol reports 52 Year old Teresa M. Cannon of Warrensburg was stopped in the intersection of Missouri 13 and Route H when another auto operated by 23 year old Luke A. Huske of Marshall struck the Cannon vehicle from behind pushing it into the lane of a third vehicle driven by Patrick S. Harmon of Monroe City.
IRS SCAM STILL MAKING THE ROUNDS
The Trenton Police Department posted last week on their Face book page that the old IRS Scam is still happening. A community member had reported receiving a phone call where the caller identified themselves as the IRS and were threatening a lawsuit. If you should ever get one of those calls, hang up because it’s a scam. The Internal Revenue Service does not call you and threaten arrest or lawsuit … EVER! Be scam wise and never give out information via telephone to anyone calling that you did not request a call from.
MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS
Thursday is Occupant Protection Day in Missouri and the Mexico Public Safety Department will be joining law enforcement statewide with increased safety belt enforcement during regular traffic stops. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT), 182 people have been killed in Missouri crashes so far this year. Seatbelt usage reduces the risk of a front-seat passenger car occupant being killed by 45%, and reduces the risk to other occupants being killed by 60%. Studies also show that motorists are 75% less likely to be killed in rollover crashes if they are buckled-up. For more information, visit www.saveMOlives.com.
April 11, 2018
TWO INJURED IN TUESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
Two drivers were injured in an accident that occurred after 10am Tuesday in Jefferson County. The patrol says that 25 year old Heather Mini of Imperial was on Old Highway M and a truck was stopped on the right shoulder when all of a sudden the driver of the truck 38 year old Keith Smith of O’Fallon, IL pulled into the path of her car and she was unable to stop, causing the right front side of her car to strike the left front side of the truck. Heather Mini was taken to St. Clare Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries, while Keith Smith was taken to St. Anthony’s Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.
MAN HURT IN BOONE COUNTY WRECK
A Columbia man was hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Tuesday afternoon in Boone County. 24 year old Courtney McKnight was on Route HH when he failed to yield and pulled into the path of a truck driven by 27 year old Nathaniel Wallis of Columbia and the two trucks collided and then Courtney McKnight’s truck traveled off the roadway before coming to a stop. Courtney McKnight sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Boone Hospital for treatment.
DRIVER HURT IN TUESDAY NIGHT CRASH
A driver was hurt in a Tuesday night crash in Osage County. 71 year old Florencio Valdez of Pearsall, TX was on MO 133 when his car ran off the right side of the road and overturned. He was taken to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City for treatment of minor injuries.
April 10, 2018
WOMAN INJURED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT
A DeSoto woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 2:50pm Monday in Jefferson County. The patrol says that 55 year old Beverly Rath was on Highway 67 when her vehicle traveled off the right side of the road, she applied the brakes and it began to skid, she overcorrected, causing it to return to the roadway and strike the median wall. She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Jefferson City for treatment of moderate injuries.
BUCKLE UP, PUT PHONES DOWN IN WORK ZONES
This is National Work Zone Awareness Week and the Missouri Department of Transportation is doing their part to make people more aware of the dangers a work zone presents. Unfortunately, work zone crashes are on the rise nationwide. 16 people were killed in work zone crashes last year. For information on work zone safety and a list of high impact work zones across the state, visit modot.org/workzones/ml.
TICK SEASON IS HERE
Now that spring is officially here, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services urges precaution against tick-borne illnesses as tick bites can transmit serious, potentially deadly illnesses and they can be active anytime the ground isn’t frozen.
MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS
On Friday at approximately 6:35pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to a crash involving three cars on S. Clark (US Highway 54) near Branchwood. Investigation revealed that a 2013 Chevrolet, driven by 38 year old Anthony Scanavino of Mexico, was stopped in the southbound lane of S Clark, waiting on a vehicle in front of it to turn left. A 2017 Dodge, driven by 38 year old Jennifer Owen of Mexico was stopped behind the Chevrolet when a 2002 Buick, being driven by 40 year old Tyann Johnson of Paris, struck the Dodge and forced it into the Chevrolet. Owen and two children in the Dodge were transported to St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain by the Audrain Ambulance District. Their injuries were treated and they were not admitted for extended treatment. S. Clark was blocked for about 45 minutes and reduced to one-lane for an additional 15 minutes.
April 9, 2018
SPRING TIME WEATHER LATER THIS WEEK
Even though it was a cold and wet Sunday for most of us, the forecast is indicating more seasonal weather for later this week. As for snowfall amounts, we’ve had numerous reports of around an inch or so, with the heaviest amounts along and north of Highway 24. South of that line, most of the snowfall was only visible in limited areas. Monday’s forecast is still calling for cloudy and cooler type conditions, but by Tuesday we should be seeing Sunny skies and temperatures near 70 by Wednesday. We also have the possibility of showers and thunderstorms later in the week.
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WARREN COUNTY ACCIDENT
A Warrenton man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 7:25pm Saturday in Warren County. The patrol says that 20 year old Shane LaRussa was on Pendleton Lost Creek Road when he fell asleep at the wheel, causing his Jeep Grand Cherokee to travel off the left side of the roadway and strike a tree. He was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.
PATROL MAKES SEVERAL ARRESTS OVER THE WEEKEND
Several people were arrested over the weekend by State Troopers. Stephanie E. Dotson of Moberly was one of those individuals. She was cited for drug induced Driving while Intoxicated and failure to drive on the right half of the road resulting in a crash. 23 year old Tristan J. Easley of Fayette was arrested on a warrant for defective equipment late Friday afternoon. 19 year old Jacob A. Campbell of Mexico was arrested at 12:39 AM, Saturday and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance – Methamphetamine as well as 10 grams of less of Marijuana as a prior offender as well as possession of drug paraphernalia as a prior offender. 25 year old Charles A Griffin of Rocheport was charged with DWI and speeding at 1:53 AM Saturday. At 10:30 Saturday morning, 33 year old Gerald J. Morris of Columbia was arrested in Callaway County for felony possession of marijuana, felony possession of a controlled substance – Oxycodone, felony delivery of a controlled substance and a couple of misdemeanor warrants out of Jeff City. And 31 year old Derek L./ Gregory of Worthington was arrested in Adair County at 1:48 AM Sunday morning on a DWI charge.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD UNDERWAY FOR LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATIONPLAN
The Missouri Department of Transportation has launched a 30-day public comment period on an update of the state’s Long Range Transportation Plan. The Long Range Transportation Plan is a federally required process that sets the state’s 25-year vision for transportation. Missouri’s current plan was approved in February 2014, but new federal laws and regulations require additional content, including safety performance measures and targets.
In the previous effort, four goal areas were established:
· Take care of the transportation system and services we enjoy today;
· Keep all travelers safe, no matter the mode of transportation;
· Invest in projects that spur economic growth and create jobs; and
· Give Missourians better transportation choices.
MoDOT sought public input in the fall to determine if those goals were still valid, or if priorities had changed. Nearly 8,000 people participated in the online survey and submitted about 5,400 comments. Based on that feedback, the four goals above were validated and the updated plan adds a fifth goal:
· Improve reliability and reduce congestion on Missouri’s transportation system.
For the first time, the plan also examines how Missouri should prepare for autonomous and connected vehicles.
The draft Long-Range Transportation Plan can be viewed online at www.modot.org/LRTP/, or at any MoDOT District Office. Those interested in offering comments on the plan can contact MoDOT by emailing LRTPcomments@modot.mo.gov Additional questions about the survey and the long range planning process can be addressed by calling customer service centers at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636), or by mail to Transportation Planning, P.O. Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65102. The formal comment period ends May 4, 2018.
The final plan will be presented to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for approval at its June 2018 meeting.
Weekend Report- April 7-8, 2018
TEEN HURT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY WRECK
A Montgomery City teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Friday night in Montgomery County. 18 year old Wyatt Walton was on Route F when his car traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned. He was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Wentzville for treatment of minor injuries.
MAN INJURED IN FRIDAY NIGHT CRASH
A Kirkwood man was injured in a Friday night crash in Gasconade County. 55 year old Jeffrey Clark was on Route A when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his car to run off the right side of the road and overturn. He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Capital Region Hospital for treatment.
TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
Two teenage girls were seriously injured in an accident that occurred just before 1am Saturday in Cole County. The patrol says that 16 year old Kaitlin Epple of Jefferson City was on 9605 Engineers Road when her car traveled off the left side of the roadway, became airborne, crossed a creek and struck an embankment. Both the driver and her passenger 17 year old Cameron Brunette of Holts Summit were transported to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.
April 6, 2018
SNOW IN THE FORECAST??? REALLY???
The Missouri Department of Transportation officials urge motorists to drive with care and allow extra time for travel Today (FRI) and tonight as rain turning to snow is in the forecast.
MoDOT Central District Maintenance Engineer Jason Shafer said “The calendar may say it’s spring, but Mother Nature isn’t following suit and Drivers shouldn’t let their guard down. Snow showers in April can cause just as many problems as they do at other times of the year.”
MoDOT crews will carefully monitor road conditions and treat and plow as needed.
MoDot’s Traveler Information Map, located at modot.org offers the latest road conditions, as well as real-time traffic clow and traffic cameras that provide a view of traffic on the interstates. You can also call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT which is manned and answered 24-hours a day, seven days a week, all year long. Accumulating snowfall will be possible Friday into Friday evening. A hard freeze with temperatures in the teens is expected Saturday morning. Another chance of light accumulating snowfall is possible Sunday morning.
TODAY IS ARBOR DAY IN MISSOURI
Today is Arbor Day in Missouri and the Department of Conservation encourages Missourians to celebrate the value of Missouri trees and forests all month long by planting native trees and practicing proper tree care. Missouri has been observing the state's official Arbor Day on the first Friday in April since 1886 when the General Assembly declared that day be set aside for the appreciation and planting of trees. National Arbor Day is recognized on the last Friday of April, which is April 27 for 2018.
FREE GUIDED TOURS OF MORRISON OBSERVATORY THRU MAY 3RD
The Morrison Observatory is open and all sessions free to the general public every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 pm during April as well as on May 3rd. Guided viewing sessions, tours and comments on historical highlights of the facility will be provided and weather permiting visitors will have the opportunity to take in the many wonders of the night sky. The observatory is located at 504 Park Road in northwest Fayette, across from Fayette City Park and the swimming pool. The Morrison Observatory features a 12 1/2 -inch Clark refractor and a 10-inch reflecting telescope. One fact that many don’t know is the observatory was originally located in Glasgow. It was acquired by Central Methodist in 1927, and moved to its current location in 1935. For additional information call 660-248-6383
April 5, 2018
TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT
A teenage girl was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 11:10pm Wednesday in Jefferson County. 17 year old Abigail BreyFogle of Arnold was on Route MM when she failed to negotiate a curve, causing her car to become airborne, before landing in a dry creek bed. She was transported by Survival Flight to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.
MAN ARRESTED TUESDAY ON FEDERAL DRUG CHARGE
KMIZ TV reports Callaway County deputies arrested 34-year-old Brian Robinson Tuesday afternoon after officers stopped a vehicle because of an ongoing narcotics investigation. Officers said they came in contact with Robinson because of an ongoing narcotics investigation. A K-9 unit was called to the scene and assisted. Robinson was wanted by Federal authorities for a federal drug charge. Robinson was later transferred to the custody of Federal authorities.
WORK ZONE AWARENESS WEEK
The emphasis on safety is part of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 9-13.
The Missouri Department of Transportation reminds motorists to slow down and not be distracted when driving through construction areas. MoDOT wants everyone to get home safe and are encouraging everyone to “please pay attention and drive safely in work zones,” In 2017, 13 people were killed in work zone crashes on state system routes and an additional three on the local system, for a total of 16 fatalities. Warmer weather will start a busy season of construction and maintenance work on Missouri’s roads and bridges. As a result, interstates and major roads will have numerous work zones set-up through the fall. There will be work zones along Interstates 70, 44, 64, 55, 270 and on U.S. Route 65.
April 4, 2018
UNOFFICAL MUNICIPAL ELLECTION RESULTS
Michael Trapp won a close race for re-election for a City Council seat while two big bond issues for schools won by wide margins in Tuesday’s Municipal Elections. Trapp won by a 58 percent majority over Paul Love for a City Council position while one of the bond issues that was passed was for $30 million dollars for Columbia Public School District. It garnered over 80 percent of the vote to pass the issue as the bond will go towards new construction, building additions, improvements, technology and safety and security. The other bond that was passed by a wide margin was for the Hallsville School District as over 75 percent of the voters approved the issue to provide $7 million to address the overcrowding of Hallsville’s elementary school and to construct a gymnasium.
OTHER AREA RESULTS
Randy Maxwell beat John Ogden for Mexico Road Commissioner while Ralph Kuda defeated both Debbie Hopke and Doug Bontz for Vandalia Mayor, while over 60 percent of voters were in favor of the Farber Use Tax issue, but the Laddonia Titling Tax Repeal issue was defeated by a 54 percent margin while the Laddonia Local Use Tax issue was passed by over a 65 percent majority. John Braun beat Lindsey Pace-Snook for Fulton Council Ward 3 seat, while voters said NO to the Fulton Local Use Tax issue by nearly 60 percent of the vote. The Mokane Mayor’s race went to Danny Lamons, while Becky Fitzgerald Davis won a close race over Allen Jennings and Lori Lamons for Mokane Alderman and the Sales Tax issue in Gasconade County failed by a 55 percent margin.
April 3, 2018
DON’T FORGET TO VOTE! – IT’S ELECTION DAY
Today is Election Day for what’s commonly referred to as the municipal elections. A number of bond issues are on today’s ballot, along with candidates for School board, City and County positions and more. Polls opened at 6am and will remain open until 7 o’clock tonight.
WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT
A Catawissa woman was seriously injured in an accident Monday night in Franklin County. The patrol says that 54 year old Lisa Huebner was on Route N when her Jeep Grand Cherokee traveled off the right side of the road, struck a tree and then it reversed across Route N, ran off the left side of the roadway, down an embankment and struck a second tree. She was transported to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.
TWO HURT IN EARLY MONDAY MORNING WRECK
Two people from Columbia, MO were hurt in a one-vehicle wreck that occurred at 12:15am Monday in Boone County. 25 year old Latora Butler was on Route VV when her car crossed an ice-covered roadway, lost control, skidded off the left side of the road and overturned. She along with her passenger 24 year old Maceo Carter were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.
METH CHARGES LANDS MAN IN JAIL
A Pacific, MO man was arrested overnight in Randolph County on drug charges. 29 year old Christopher J. Cox of Pacific, MO was arrested by a State Trooper at 9:21pm and is now facing three charges including felony possession of Methamphetamine, driving while under the influence of drugs as well as a careless and imprudent driving charge. Cox was transported to the Randolph County jail in Huntsville.
April 2, 2018
MEXICO AUTHORITIES RESPOND TO PERSON WAVING GUN REPORT
Mexico Department of Public Safety responded to a report of a man waving a gun at around 11:30am Friday in the Garfield Park area of Mexico. Officers arrived and located the suspect vehicle in the 900 block of Ryronn Lue Boulevard. The driver ran from the stop and was taken into custody without incident two blocks later. 27 year old Ty'Rek Williams of Mexico was arrested on an outstanding Audrain County warrant and the additional charge of Resisting Arrest. Following processing, he was taken to the Audrain County jail. The Audrain County Sheriffs Department assisted in the arrest. No gun was located.
WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT
A woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 1:25pm Sunday in Camden County. 70 year old Betty Eaton of Montreal, MO was a passenger in a Jeep Liberty driven by 17 year old Seth Booyer of Montreal. They were on McCubbins Drive when the Jeep ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree. She was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital with serious injuries.
MAN HURT IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING WRECK
A St. Louis man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning in St. Louis County. 27 year old Robert Pruitt-Arps was westbound on I-70 when his car traveled off the roadway, struck a pole and overturned. He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to SSM Health DePaul Hospital for treatment.
PRAIRIE HILL TEEN ARRESTED FOR CHILD PORN
The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control announces the arrest of 19 year old Steven Tyler Greer of Prairie Hill on Thursday March 29 for possession of child pornography and furnishing pornography to a minor. The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Division of Drug and Crime Control’s Digital Forensics Investigative Unit. The Patrol was assisted by the Chariton County Sheriff’s Office and the Salisbury Police Department. On Thursday investigators contacted Greer at his residence located on Academy Road, in Prairie Hill. As a result of their contact, investigators located and seized electronic equipment as evidence. Greer was arrested and transported to the Chariton County Jail.
On Friday the Chariton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charged Greer with possession of child pornography and furnishing pornography to a minor. Bond was set at $50,000.
April 1, 2018
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN OSAGE COUNTY ACCIDENT
A Westphalia man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 6:50am Saturday in Osage County. 49 year old Michael Schwartz was on County Road 512 when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned into a creek. He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.
TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING WRECK
A Russellville teen was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck early Saturday morning in Moniteau County. The patrol says that 18 year old Cody Forsythe was on Lookout Trail Road when his car crossed the center line, ran off the left side of the road, striking a utility pole and a fence. He was flown by Staff for Life to University Hospital with serious injuries.
WOMAN KILLED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON CRASH
A St. Charles woman was killed in a Saturday afternoon crash in St. Charles County. 22 year old Courtney Hake of St. Charles was on Route D when she lost control of her car, slid into the westbound lane and the front of a Jeep Cherokee driven by 18 year old Zachery Hunsicker of Wentzville struck the right side of her car. She was pronounced dead at the scene, while the teen sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment.